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How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

May 22, 2020

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters- an inexpensive project that adds major curb appeal!

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

I had been searching for tall planters for my front porch for quite some time. The ones I found were either very expensive or not the style I wanted. Naturally, I decided to go the DIY route!  

This planter is inexpensive to make (the wood was approximately $30) and it’s simple enough for beginners. The top of the planter is mitered, but otherwise all the cuts are straight. 

I make a pair of these planters for the front porch and I love the way they turned out! The evergreen Yews add a pop of color and the height of the planters add vertical interest. 

 How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

Finished planters measure approximately 31 inches tall and 15 1/2 inches wide (at the top)

Wood needed (makes one):

2 X 4 x 8: 1 total

1 X 6 x 8: 3 total

1 x 4 x 12: 1 total

Corner clamps

Wood glue

2 1/2 inch Exterior screws

Finish nails

Wood filler

Tools: 

Miter Saw

Drill

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

Cut the 2 x 4 into 8 sections measuring 12 inches long each. Attach corner clamps and sew together at the sides to form a square.

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

These will make the base and top of the planter. 

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

Cut the 1 x 6 into a total of 8, 30 inch boards.

Screw 2 1 x 6 boards to the top and the bottom of the squares on each side.

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

Here is the front view.

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

Screw the rest of the boards to the frame. 

This is what the planter should look like when you’re finished screwing the 1 x 6 boards on the sides. 

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

Cut the 1 x 6 into 8 sections that measure 14 1/2 inches (4 total) and 12 1/2 inches (4 total)

Glue and nail the pieces to the bottom of the planter, forming a square using 2, 14 1/2 inch boards and 2, 12 1/2 inch boards. 

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

Repeat at the top of the planter. 

How to Build Tall Outdoor Planters

Next, create a mitered frame for the top using 1 x 4s. Glue in place and attach with finish nails.

Sand the planter and fill holes using wood filler. 

Finally,  prime and paint. 

Note- I stapled landscape fabric to the inside of the planter so the soil wouldn’t escape through the small gaps in the boards.

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